Roosevelt receives Civic Engagement Award
Roosevelt Review, Fall 2012 [ PDF ]
Roosevelt University’s commitment to service learning and civic engagement was recognized by the Washington Center when it selected the University as a recipient of the 2012 Higher Education Civic Engagement Award. Roosevelt is one of five universities or colleges in the country to receive the award out of more than 89 schools which competed for the honor. The other schools are California State University San Bernardino, Columbia College in South Carolina, Tulane University and the University of San Francisco.
The award provides $20,000 in scholarship funds that will allow Roosevelt students to access the Center’s exceptional internship programs. The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars provides selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C., for academic credit. The largest program of its kind, the Washington Center has 70 full-time staff and more than 50,000 alumni, many of whom are in leadership positions in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. The selection committee was impressed with Roosevelt’s dramatic growth in service learning and the community engagement activities spearheaded by the Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation.
The Mansfield Institute coordinates civic engagement on campus by promoting service learning, sponsoring the scholar-activist research fellowship program and facilitating social action through programmatic and policy work. During the past academic year, 1,460 Roosevelt students participated in one of 99 service learning classes. Students use problem- based learning in the classroom and service learning to address a wide array of social challenges, including urban education, environmental toxins, immigration, homeless youth, literacy and domestic violence.
“This award recognizes the importance of service learning at Roosevelt,” President Chuck Middleton said. “Service learning becomes transformational for students, the people they serve and the community.”